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1 STRIKING WOMEN MIGRATION Most inhabitants of the British Isles can trace their origins elsewhere, and many people living in disparate parts of the world such as America and Australia can trace their roots to Britain. Many other groups of people in different parts of the world can trace their origins to migration, which was the result of the policies of British governments in the past. British culture and society is not static or homogenous; like all other societies, the British people are the result of centuries of interactions between different groups who migrated and settled here. Objectives of Module In studying this module Migration, you will: Understand the history of international migration from the 17th century to the present Understand migration by using four analytical approaches to explore the reasons why people migrate Understand migration through a range of case studies related to migration in the contemporary world. 1. A History of Migration 10 mins What are the factors that have contributed to migration within and across Europe, Africa and Asia from the 17th century onwards? Use these words within your answer, and examples to illustrate your points: Persecution Circular Pilgrimage Trade 01

2 5 mins Brainstorm things you have previously learnt about slavery. SLAVERY In what ways does the information taken from the section Slavery (1550 to the end of the 18th century) add to your knowledge about slavery? 15 mins What is meant by Indentured Labour? Indentured Labour is... 02

3 Explain why indentured labour was seen as a replacement for slavery: TIP: Compare the conditions experienced by indentured labourers with those experienced by slaves. How did the practice of indentured labour come to an end? mins Design a timeline using information from this section. Include information, key phrases, words, events, key people and images from the following periods: Migration within Europe, Africa and Asia (17th-18th centuries) Permanent settlement in the colonies (1500s to mid 19th century) Slavery (1550 to the end of the 18th century) Indentured labour ( ) Migration to the New World (1800s-1930) Post WWII migration (late 1940s to 1960s) Post 1970s migration Note: You could also do this activity as a large group or class and create a GIANT timeline together for display. 03

4 A Brief History of International Migration Date: Event: 04

5 After undertaking these activities you should now be able to: Understand the different types of migration that occurred within Europe, Africa and Asia (17th - 18th century) Explain the importance of permanent settlements in the colonies in the history of migration (1500s to mid - 19th century) Connect prior studies to the section on slavery (1550 to the end of the 18th century) Understand the history of indentured labour, which replaced slavery ( ) Connect the infl uences and factors behind mass migration to the New World (1800s ) Analyse the impacts that WWII had on migration (late 1940s to 1960s) Distinguish the post 1970s phase of migration from previous migration fl ows. 2. Understanding Migration The following section presents a brief overview of different analytical approaches that have been used to understand why people migrate and how they choose the places they migrate to. 20 mins In the following boxes, write the characteristics of each approach to migration presented within the Understanding Migration section. Neoclassical Migration Models New Economics of Migration 05

6 Structural Approaches to Understanding Migration Contemporary Approaches to Migration Compare all four types of approaches: What are the similarities? What are the differences? Comparison of Migration Types: Similarities Comparison of Migration Types: Differences Discuss the approaches taken within neoclassical migration models. After undertaking these activities you should now be able to: Critically evaluate the new economics of migration. Describe the importance of taking a structural approach to understanding migration. Explain contemporary approaches to migration and how this differs from other approaches used to understand migration. 06

7 3. Types of Migrants and Case Studies The following are the main categories of migrants in the contemporary world. It is important to note that this list does not include all types of migration and that these categories are not mutually exclusive. Migrants commonly fall into more than one category and move across different categories as their circumstances and that of their home countries change. This has been termed as Mixed Migration. There are other categories of (mainly temporary) migrants, including students, tourists and business visitors that are not included in this discussion. 20 mins Economic Migrants Refl ect on the three economic migrant experiences from Burma, Ireland and Poland. What similarities are shared between the three economic migrants? What are the differences in their experiences? Similarities Differences Design an Economic Migrant word cloud. Write key words inside the cloud that represents economic migrants. 07

8 20 mins Political Migrants Refl ect on the three political migrant experiences from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Slovakia. What are the similarities in the stories told by these three political migrants? What are the differences in their stories? Similarities Differences Write a poem related to the experiences of political migrants: 08

9 20 mins Environmental Migrants What are the similarities in the experiences of the three environmental migrants? What are the differences in their experiences? Similarities Differences 09

10 Choose an environmental migrant s story and write a newspaper report on their experiences as a migrant and the environmental factor which forced them to migrate. Headline Here Main Story Here Photo Here Caption Here Quote Here 10

11 20 mins Migrants for Family Reunion Refl ect on the three Family Reunion migrant experiences from India, UK and Somalia. What are the similarities in their experiences? What are the differences in their experiences? Similarities Differences Put yourself in the shoes of a family reunion migrant. Write a letter to your best friend in your home country explaining what life is like as a migrant in the UK. 11

12 20 mins Answer the following questions, in well-structured sentences: 1. Defi ne each type of migrant: An Economic Migrant is.. A Political Migrant is.. An Environmental Migrant is. A Migrant for Family Reunion is 12

13 2. In what ways do the types of migration differ from each other? 3. In what ways do these different categories overlap or change from one to the other? Draw upon the migrant experiences to illustrate your answer. Explain the factors which influence economic migration After undertaking these activities you should now be able to: Reflect on the different political migrant, refugees and asylum seeker case studies and experiences Evaluate what factors contribute to environmental migration and reasons why this type of migration may continue to grow over time Describe family reunion as a type of migration, using examples taken from the case studies Understand how real world migrants often fall into more than one category and often move across categories, using examples taken from case studies. 13

14 4. Map of Major South Asian Migration Flows The story of South Asian migration to the UK is a complex one that spans over four centuries and takes us on a journey across the globe. People of South Asian origin have come from different social and economic backgrounds, have had different migration journeys and often very different reasons for migrating to and settling within the UK. Introduction 60 mins Create a GIANT map of major South Asian Migration Flows using an entire wall and information taken from these sections: Indentured Labour from South Asia Twice Migrants: African Asian Migration to the UK Pre 1947 Direct Migration to UK - from South Asia Post 1947 Direct Migration to the UK - from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Post 1947 Direct Migration to the Middle East Post 1947 Direct Migration to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand Use key information, words, images and examples taken from each section and the resources provided within the map of major South Asian Migration Flows. 14

15 20 mins Indentured Labour from South Asia ( ) Draw a picture to represent the working conditions on the plantations where indentured labourers worked. Use key words to enhance your illustration. 15

16 15 mins Twice Migrants: African Asian Migration to the UK Discuss the text from this advert: What message does it send to South Asians who were facing expulsion by Idi Amin and thinking about migrating to the UK? What does this tell us about the prevailing attitudes of people in Britain towards immigrants in the 1970s? Has this attitude changed over time? The City Council of Leicester, England, believe that many families in Uganda are considering moving to Leicester. If YOU are thinking of doing so it is very important you should know that PRESENT CONDITIONS IN THE CITY ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE MET BY EARLIER SETTLERS. They are:- HOUSING several thousands of families are already on the Council s waiting list. EDUCATION hundreds of children are awaiting places in schools SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES already stretched to the limit (Val Marett) This advert was produced by Leicester City council and published in a Ugandan newspaper telling Ugandans not to come to Leicester. However, this backfi red. Ugandan Asians, who may previously have only known about London, now knew that there was a place called Leicester which had a signifi cant Asian population. So many Ugandan Asians made arrangements to go to Leicester - more than 10,000 eventually settled there. 16

17 20 mins Pre 1947 Direct Migration to the UK from South Asia Examine evidence from the following sources: Using this evidence about the migration of servants from South Asia to the UK, write a paragraph about the early presence of South Asians in the UK. A letter from Syed Abdoollah, former Professor of Oriental Languages, London University, dated January 1869, concerns native servants abandoned and left destitute, begging in the streets of London. He suggested a re-introduction of the system of deposit to cover the expenses of their return passage. A document dated 16 April 1895, is about a stranded ayah (nursemaid or servant) in a workhouse in Manchester. The Local Government Board forward a letter from the Manchester Guardians from which it appears that a Hindu woman named McBarnett who came to this country as an Ayah in the service of an English family has been unable to obtain an engagement which would enable her to return to India. 17

18 Post 1947 Migration to the UK from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Compare the different types of migration to the UK from the following places. 15 mins When comparing, you could think about the history of migration from these countries to the UK, the reasons for the migration, any differences or similarities in the backgrounds of the migrants, in the places they settled in and the jobs they took up. Punjab, India Mirpur, Pakistan Sylhet, Bangladesh Sri Lanka Comparison of Different Migrants from South Asia to the UK Similarities Differences 18

19 Post 1947 migration to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand 15 mins Read the article: Australia s Indian Students Vow Action Discuss the experiences of South Asian migrants to Australia. Imagine you are a student of South Asian origin studying in Australia when these incidents are unfolding. Draw a picture or design some placards to take with you on a protest march against racism. 19

20 15 mins Post 1947 Migration to the Middle East Read the BBC article: Kuwait s Abused Domestic Workers Have Nowhere to Turn What does it highlight about South Asian migration to the Middle East? What can be done to improve the conditions of migrant domestic workers? Describe the indentured labour system instituted in British colonies following the abolition of slavery After undertaking these activities you should now be able to: Explain the term twice migrants Understand the pre-1947 phase of South Asian migration to the UK Understand the post 1947 phase of South Asian Migration to the UK from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Understand the causes and the impact of South Asian Migration into the Middle East after 1947 Develop an understanding about South Asian Migration into the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand after

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